Re: Extropian environmentalism?

Harvey Newstrom (
Tue, 26 Jan 1999 00:01:18 -0500

"Michael S. Lorrey" <> wrote:
> If it is a human virus that is killing the coral, then its likely brought
> there by the divers who protest about the coral's destruction.

Mike, you've set off my bogometer. This guess of yours makes absolutely no sense. I live down in Florida, and I am not aware of any protestors visiting the reefs. Protestors like to stay topside with people they can protest towards. We have thousands of tourist divers every year. Why do you blame the protestors as being the carriers of human virii?

The fact of the matter is, the problem with the coral reefs is well known to be treated sewage, which still contains human virii, making its way out to sea. Tons of nutrient-rich, bacteria-filled and virii-rich effluent are produced every month. There is no reason to assume that any human directly carries these virii to the coral reef.

Your explanation is purely politically motivated, and has no basis in fact. You like to turn the tables on those pesky liberals, and show how they are to blame for the very problems they are protesting. The idea of representing your political opponents as disease carriers is a very old trick, but I don't like to see it on this list.

Harvey Newstrom <>
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